Former Germany international Lukas Podolski has been named the new captain of J1 League side Vissel Kobe for the upcoming campaign. The 32-year-old joined the Japanese outfit from Galatasaray in July 2017, and he notched five goals in 15 appearances in the backend of last season.
In a report covered by Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Podolski was pleased to have been offered the opportunity to lead the Far East outfit, he said: “Being a captain is a big responsibility. The most important thing will be to deliver results.” Meanwhile, the notion was shared by a few of his teammates with Daiya Maekawa, particularly, pleased to work under the leadership of the former Arsenal and Bayern Munich man, he wrote on Twitter: “Master and apprentice. I would like to learn from you.”